May 2020

Raiffeisen Bank International becomes the exclusive Member for Austria + CEE of the ADVIOR International

Following the successful expansion over the last years in Spain, Italy, and Norway, the ADVIOR International is very proud to welcome Raiffeisen Bank International AG (“RBI”) as the newest Member (effective May 1, 2020) to what has become the leading M&A network in Europe.

With this step, the ADVIOR International adds to its ranks the second largest Austrian financial institution that has maintained its presence in CEE for more than 30 years with a Top 5 market position in 11 countries. The move will add the experience of a highly decorated M&A team of more than 40 professionals including their unmatched track record of more than 500 medium- to large scale transactions in Austria, the CEE-region as well as in Turkey over the past two decades. RBI will be adding particular sector expertise in sectors such as Consumer Goods & Life Sciences, Energy & Utilities, Industrials, Metals and Mining, and TMT.

Dr. Klaus Imhof, Head of M&A at RBI, adds: “We have carefully vetted the market and we are convinced that the ADVIOR International is the premier M&A network that provides the best set up to put RBI’s M&A team in a position to maximize the key objectives of their clients when it comes to executing strategic options in an ever more complex cross-border transaction environment. For our clients this will not just be some flags on a map, but a truly operational reach across geographies.”

Birgit Meyer zu Selhausen, Co-Head of M&A at DZ BANK AG and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the ADVIOR International points out: ”This is certainly an eye-catching addition to our network which will give us even more visibility and will further bolster our experience base which we put to work for our clients across geographies on a daily basis. This said, there is a very strong cultural fit between RBI and the MidCap Members and at DZ BANK AG we have successfully worked with Klaus and his team on selected transactions and on that basis we trust that RBI will deliver to the highest standards of the industry as the new Member of the ADVIOR International network.”

Gregory Tzanakakis, MD of ADVIOR International comments: “RBI joining the ADVIOR International is a match made in heaven, as it provides the Alliance with high geographic complementarity adding the missing piece to our DACH-coverage and bringing a strong reach into CEE along with that. At the same time this will happen without increasing the complexity of the network as the teams on the ground in 11 geographies are centrally coordinated through Vienna. I am very excited that we have been able to convince RBI to join the ADVIOR International. This is a highly welcome addition in geographies that are likely to move closer into focus in terms of cross-border M&A in what is looking to become an even more competitive environment in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.”

Follow this link for an overview of the geographic coverage of the ADVIOR International